Across the Arab world, business runs on personal relationships and mutual respect. Though Arabic is the official language, English is widely used in business transactions throughout the UAE. Oil and gas transformed the UAE into a modern economic powerhouse but today Sharjah’s economy is highly diversified, with that sector contributing less than 6% to GDP.
Sharjah’s industrial and manufacturing sectors are well developed, operating through industrial zones such as Sharjah Airport International Free Zone, known as SAIF Zone. Sharjah’s buoyant business environment and comparatively low operating costs attract foreign investment from East and West while other vibrant economic sectors include renewable energy, automotive, and aerospace.